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Thermostat Tips and Tricks for Lower Energy Bills

We all want to save on our energy bills, and believe it or not, there are some simple adjustments that you can make to your thermostat that will have a major impact on your energy usage.

Our heating and cooling experts at Super Heat & Air share our favorite thermostat tips and tricks for lower energy bills, no matter the season!

Lower Your Energy Bills

Lower your energy costs year-round with these thermostat tips and tricks!

#1. Use Optimal Settings

One of the best ways to keep your energy bill low throughout the year is to optimize your thermostat’s settings so that your HVAC system doesn’t have to work so hard to heat or cool your home.

  • Summer Settings: While it can be tempting to crank the air conditioner down on a hot Florida summer, we recommend setting your thermostat to 78 degrees Fahrenheit when you are home. If you will be away from home for more than four hours, you can save even more on energy costs if you increase the temperature to the low to mid-80s.
  • Winter Settings: Florida’s moderate winters are not as taxing on your HVAC system as the hot summer months, but you can still find some savings once the temperatures outside begin to cool. Set your thermostat to 68 degrees Fahrenheit during the day, which will reduce your energy consumption from your heater. If you get cold, put on a sweater or bundle up in a blanket.

#2. Adjust the Temperature When You Are Away

Why are you heating or cooling an empty house? Consider turning your thermostat up or down when everyone is going to be at work or school.

You can even do this while you sleep during the winter. Turn the thermostat down a few degrees and snuggle up under the covers.

#3. Install a Programmable Thermostat

If you don’t want the hassle of turning your thermostat up and down all the time, you might want to consider installing a programmable thermostat!

A programmable thermostat allows you to set specific temperatures for specific times throughout the day. The thermostat will adjust the temperature accordingly based on your schedule, so you don’t have to!

#4. Change the Location of Your Thermostat

You likely haven’t given much thought to the location of your thermostat, but it can have a big impact on your home’s energy usage.

A thermostat near a door that opens often can misinterpret the fluctuations in temperature and overheat or over-cool your home. Try relocating your thermostat to a central location that is away from any doors and windows for a more accurate reading.

Keep your thermostat away from the following:

  • Doorways
  • Direct sunlight
  • Drafty areas
  • Drapery
  • Appliances
  • Vents
  • Registers
  • Kitchen

If moving the thermostat isn’t an option, set your desired temperature a few degrees lower for heating or higher for cooling.

#5. Implement Zoning in Your Home

If one room in your house often feels warmer or cooler than other rooms of your house, or if you prefer your bedrooms to be cooler than the rest of the home, zoning could be a great option for you.

You can zone your house to have upstairs or downstairs zones, or configure areas like bedrooms or living area zones, all with their own thermostat for optimal temperature control. Nice!

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Get Expert Help

If you want to try a programmable thermostat or a zoned system to save on energy costs, call our friendly team at Super Heat & Air! We can complete an energy audit of your home and discuss the best heating and cooling option that will result in the best efficiency and energy savings for your unique situation.

Call Super Heat & Air at (813) 609-5015 for a consultation today!

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